Here's what Dempster had to say recently about trade speculation:
“I think I would be doing everybody in that locker room and anybody who is a Cubs fan and most importantly the Cubs organization a huge disservice if I didn’t put all my focus and attention on trying to make my start and do the best I can to help us win . . . By doing that you’re ultimately helping the team. You’re in a situation where if it does happen they are going to do what’s best for the Chicago Cubs, and I’m all for that.”
“I don’t know what direction they want to go, I don’t know any of those answers,” Dempster continued later. “Whatever it ends up being I’ll have to take a look at it and see what’s the best for me, best for the Cubs and I respect that and I understand that."
“Hopefully I’m here, but if not it’s somewhere that can ultimately give them the best opportunity to improve the Cubs for the future. I believe I’m a part of that and trying to help us for the future and help us for the present as well.”
I love this guy. I hate to lose this guy. Talk about a player who understands and accepts what it means to be a Cub, to root for the Cubs to live the "Wrigley life", this is the guy. Dempster is nearing Grace-like status.
Cubs were in the middle of a brutal 1-8 run to start June and Demp takes the mound. He goes 8, strikes out 6 and allows 0 runs. Cubs win.
Drafted by the Rangers in '95, he played for the Marlins and Reds before becoming a Cub in '04. He's with us for 8 years. (That little tidbit take anybody else by surprise?)
I would much rather see Demp retire a Cub than go through the trade route, but we have to do we have to do and he gets it. He gets it! How rare is that?
Demp will be done at the deadline and we'll get a nice enough haul for him. Still makes me said.